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222 East Virginia Street
McKinney, TX, 75069

(469) 617-3733

Bay Willow Design is a bespoke millinery shop located in Historic downtown McKinney, Texas.

Veils: Classic to Couture


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Veils: Classic to Couture

Sunday, February 17th, 10:00-6:00pm and Monday, February 18th, 10:00-6:00pm In this two-day workshop, you will learn almost everything you ever need to know about millinery veiling! We will discuss how to measure, cut and sew veiling, as well as the different types and widths that are available to modern-day milliners. We will work with 3 types of veiling in class: Russian, "Vintage" Honeycomb and Extra-Wide Diamond English Veiling. Students will learn techniques for creating classic veils (Day 1) and courture veils that are suitable for brims (Day 2): blocking veil on base, gathered veil on headband, and blocked & veil. This is a technique-based course (as opposed to project-bases) so you will be working on veils only and not making a finished hat or fascinator. You may add trims at a later date, to finish the veiling samples. Students will need to bring their own basic sewing kit, plus thimble, steel dressmaker pins, and invisible nylon thread. Strong hand sewing skills recommended.

The class fee of $350 includes most supplies. Register at

Instructor: Laura Del Villaggio, earned a Certificate in Millinery from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1999. FIT's unique and prestigious program offered two years of hands-on training that formed a solid base for a millinery career. With 20 years of professional experience, she is considered a "master milliner" and proudly adheres to the highest standards of couture craftsmanship.

Earlier Event: January 27
Fosshape Workshop
Later Event: March 24
Feather Fascinators